The Tithe Issue
THE TITHE ISSUE
There are still some who are of the opinion that we are not accountable if we continue to pay our tithes into the apostate SDA structure, and that it is the men who receive the tithes that will be held accountable, not those who pay it. But God tells us the following:
“The churches must arouse. The members must awake out of sleep and begin to enquire. How is the money which we put into the treasury being used? The Lord desires that a close search be made.” The Kress Collection: 120
“The Lord has made us individually
His stewards. We each hold a solemn responsibility to invest our means
ourselves. God does not lay upon you the burden of asking the
conference or any counsel of men, whether you shall use your means as you see
fit to advance the work of God.” Special to
“Those who have experience in the work of God should be
encouraged to follow the guidance and counsel of the Lord. Do not worry lest
some means shall go direct to those who are trying to do missionary work in a
quiet and effective way. ALL THE MEANS IS NOT TO BE HANDLED BY ONE AGENCY OR
ORGANIZATION. To those in our conferences who felt that they had authority to
forbid the gathering of means in certain territory I now say: This matter has
been presented to me again and again. I now bear my testimony in the name of
the Lord to those whom it concerns. Wherever you are, withhold your forbiddings. The work of the Lord is not to be thus
trammeled. The wonderful burden of responsibility which some suppose God has
placed upon them with their official position has never been laid upon them.”
To Those Bearing
“There are only two places in the world where we can deposit our treasures–in God’s storehouse or in Satan’s, and all that is not devoted to Christ’s service is counted on Satan’s side and goes to strengthen his cause.” 6T: 448.
“It would be poor policy to support from the treasury those who really mar and injure His work, and who are constantly lowering the standard of Christianity.” 3T: 553.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12: 34.
“With divine help we are to form our opinions for ourselves as we are to answer for ourselves before God.” GC: 598.